February 13, 2007

Student Notebook; the Latest From Your Schools


Two events were hosted by Penn--Griffin School for the Arts social worker Michelle Phillips and CIS coordinator Georgia McLean to increase parental involvement. Doughnuts for Dads and Muffins for Moms were held Jan. 10 and 17, respectively, to give students and their male/female parent or mentor an opportunity to share breakfast on those mornings.

The events were not only social but educational . Information was shared on parenting an adolescent, school and community resources available to address family concerns and educational opportunities.

In other news, the band and orchestra students of Penn--Griffin showcased their talents at their Jan. 11 winter concert. The evening featured performances by beginning band and orchestra students as well as seventh-- and eighth--grade band and orchestra majors. The jazz band then closed out the concert with three selections. Also performing were eight students who were members of the 2006--2007 All--County Orchestra.

Adopt--A--Street/Campus Cleanup was held on the morning of Jan. 20. Forty--four Penn--Griffin students, parents and staff met at the school to collect trash on the school campus and along Washington Drive. Fifteen bags of trash were collected through the effort.

Lastly, donations collected by the PGSA family for Eastern Guilford High School were delivered by piano teacher Evelyn Fair on Jan. 19. These items will be used by Eastern Guilford and shared with other schools in need of educational items for students.

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Northwest Guilford High students Sarah Schach and Andy Bernard have been selected to represent the United States in Beijing, China, at the Beijing Youth Science Creation Competition in March. During the past school year, Schach and Bernard have completed hours of independent research in their choice of science, technology, engineering or mathematics, which they presented on Jan. 20.

During Schach and Bernard's stay in China, they will join students from around the world to visit some of China's national treasures, including the Forbidden City, Tombs of the Ming Emperors and The Great Wall. This competitive and educational trip will be a great experience for Schach and Bernard.

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Four winners were named in the Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest sponsored by the Minister's Conference of High Point and Vicinity. First place went to Amber Hayes from High Point Central High, second place went to McNair Dixon from Andrews High, third place went to Jacobe Bates from Andrews and fourth place went to Cecilia Woke from Ragsdale High.

To enter the contest, students were required to write a five--to- -eight--page essay . First place was awarded $2,500.

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After nearly five hours of judging and 120 science projects, guest judges from Syngenta and Degussa selected winners at the Millis Road science fair.

The students each created a project to present, with first-- through fifth--grade students participating.

The first--place winners included: Temi Omitoogun in first grade; Tyler Baggett in second grade; Kirsten O'Neill in third grade; Erica Hamilton in fourth grade, and Skyler Richerzhagan and Thomas Slate in fifth grade.

The first--place winners from third, fourth and fifth grades represented Millis Road on Feb. 7 at the GCS Science Fair held at Oak Hollow Mall in High Point.

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Students at Our Lady of Grace School joined thousands of Catholic schools nationwide Jan. 28--Feb. 3 in the celebration of Catholic Schools Week. The week started with a kick--off assembly followed by a Buddies Poster Contest. Big buddies from the upper grades helped their little buddies from the primary grades create posters on the theme "Catholic Schools: The Good News in Education."

Other activities planned for the week included a School Mass, Student--Teacher volleyball match, PTO meeting, Appreciation Day for School Volunteers, De--Stress Day for teachers including yoga and chair massages, parent--students lunches, and a presentation of spirituals and a script created by fifth graders based on "Remember the Bridge," and "Moses," by Carole Boston Weatherford, who was present for the performance.

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Rameesh Raja and Chris Dungee, students at Andrews, finished a local chess tournament with a final record of 3--2. Nicholas Covington, also an Andrews student, finished 2--3. The competition included 23 other students from Southeast High, Western High and Grimsley High. The Andrews club and its adviser look forward to adding new drills to their strategy and hope to go for the win next year. For more information, call Scott Ilkenhons, networking instructor and chess club adviser, at 819--2800.

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On Jan. 20, students from Penn--Griffin volunteered to help clean up their street and campus. Penn--Griffin has adopted Washington Drive through the city of High Point's Adopt--A--Street Program and is committed to clearing trash from the road at least four times a year. The ongoing effort involves all members of the Penn--Griffin family, as well as participants from business partner POLO Ralph Lauren and the William Penn Tigers (alumni group).

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Krissy Dull, the daughter of Jill and Chris Dull and a student at Bishop McGuinness High School, and Caroline Hampton, the daughter of Ron and Becky Hampton and a student at Page High School, participated in "Picture Yourself Making a Difference," a leadership conference for high school girls, held at Meredith College Jan. 20. Seventy--five students participated in the event, which is open to high school juniors. Meredith's Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development, in conjunction with the Office of Admissions, sponsored this one--day seminar. The conference featured break--out sessions, a keynote address, team--building opportunities and a session on women's history.

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Students in the Philosophical and Sociological Foundations of Education class at A&T are tutoring students in third through fifth grades at Washington Elementary School. The S.M.A.R.T. tutorial program began Jan. 22 and will end April 27.

The literacy program will serve as a component of the students' field experience. Tutoring will take place from 2:45 to 4:45 p.m. Mondays and Fridays on N.C. A&T's campus in the Memorial Union-- Exhibit Hall. In addition to tutoring, the A&T students will be assisting the Washington Elementary students with a service learning project. The project involves the children writing stories and reading them aloud on cassette tapes. These books and tapes will be taken to Malawi, South Africa and given to school children in a village there to help them learn English.

In addition, the A&T students also will participate in four service learning seminars taught by Elizabeth Barber during the course of the semester to help them learn how to incorporate service learning as a teaching strategy in their classrooms when they become practicing teachers.

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The eighth grade class at St. Pius X Catholic School class participated in the Model UN competition at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School on Jan. 26. Students were assigned as delegates from various U.N. countries and debated the issues of nuclear nonproliferation and the U.N.'s involvement in natural disasters. Middle school students from the five Triad Catholic schools participated . Certificates were given in four categories ranging from Honorable Mention to the top award ---- Best Delegation. The following teams were recognized for work in their respective groups at the awards ceremony held at the end of the debates:

Honorable Mention Awards: Imma Sangalang and Alison Stavola -- Indonesia; Marty DeFrancesco and Jason Hill -- Slovakia

Excellent Delegation Awards: Michael Shaltry and Tony Thompson -- Russia

Superior Delegation Awards: Olivia Matthews and Allison O'Halloran -- Russia; Jake Barry and John Perry -- South Africa; Zachary Messick and Alex Duehring -- France; Patrick Boyd and Connor Spillane -- China; Austin Dunker and Matthew Mills -- Indonesia

Best Delegation Awards: Ryan Thompson and Pierce Verchick -- The Republic of the Congo; Bella Book and Sarah Meadows -- South Africa.

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Hannah Templeton, a fourth--grade student at Canterbury School, is the winner of North Carolina Studies Weekly "Let's Write" contest. Templeton's assignment was to create a postcard for a friend on another planet inviting her to visit North Carolina. She described a trip to North Carolina that included a visit to Jockey's Ridge along the Outer Banks, a hike on the Appalachian Trail and a visit to our state capital.

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Andrew Cunningham, Caldwell Academy alumnus from the Class of 2006 at Caldwell Academy, was recognized in January for the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's "Change the World Challenge" competition.

Created in 2005 by Rensselaer alumnus Sean O'Sullivan, Class of 1985, the competition is intended to support entrepreneurship education and inspire ideas to improve the human condition by providing a $1,000 cash award for ideas that will make the world a better place. Four entries were recognized as the winning ideas.

Freshman engineering students Adam Kell and Andrew Cunningham, Caldwell Academy alumnus from the Class of 2006, presented a proposal to create a form of refrigeration independent of electricity to help preserve food and medicines in Third World countries.

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Greensboro Day School's fourth--grade classes recently spent three days at the Trinity Center Sound to Sea Environmental Education Program in Salter Path.

Students learned about four major habitats ---- maritime forests, beaches/oceans, ponds, and sounds/salt marshes ---- through a variety of hands--on activities. Each class also participated in the Challenge Course. This consisted of various team building activities that required teamwork, active listening, trust and skill. They learned their respective strengths and challenges and realized that together they were great problem solvers.


Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School's annual dinner, dance and auction will be held May 19 in the Top of the Mart in the IHFC Building in High Point. This year's theme is "Under the Sea ---- Treasure Our Children."

Friends of IHM School can help this year by: donating items and/ or services for auction or company gift certificates by calling the acquisition chairwoman Laura Allen at 886--7781 or 456--0906; becoming a sponsor for the event by calling Christi Morgan, chairwoman of this year's auction, at 889--3307 or 337--0887, for sponsorship levels and benefits of sponsorship; making a donation to help pay for the many aspects of sponsoring this type of grand affair by also calling Morgan.

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To encourage enrollment and offer more information to parents and students, Penn--Griffin will host school tours and open houses in February and March.

T ours are available every Tuesday and Thursday from Feb. 15 through March 15. High school tours (ninth and 10th grade) will be given at 9:15 a.m. Middle school tours (sixth, seventh and eighth grade) will be given at 1:15 p.m.

O pen house dates have been set for 3 p.m. March 4 and 6:30 p.m. March 13. The March 4 open house will include student performances. The March 13 event will feature a faculty recital beginning at 7 p.m. Information: 819--2870.

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Penn--Griffin School for the Arts' dinner theater show will take place Feb. 20. Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. with the show following at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $5 per person.

Mrs. Winner's will cater the dinner, and the school orchestra and ninth--grade piano student Brian Castro will provide dinner music. Visual art students will create table decorations and CIS students will serve as wait staff for the evening. POLO Ralph Lauren employees will provide and serve dessert. Following dinner, students from Penn--Griffin will take the stage in the areas of dance, chorus, band, guitar, piano and orchestra. All performances will celebrate Black History Month.

Information: 819--2870.

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Kernodle is one of eight North Carolina middle schools among 107 across the nation that has been named a "School to Watch." Kernodle is the first school from Guilford County to receive this honor from the North Carolina Middle School Association.

Schools chosen for this top honor exemplify academic excellence where the faculty challenges students every day to use their minds through a variety of activities. Teachers and administrators display a strong concern for the development and support of their students, and the entire organization exhibits a common goal of striving for excellence.


UNCG graduate student Sarah Reid has won third--place in a contest sponsored by the American Speech--Language--Hearing Association for her essay "Ethics: Holding the Person Paramount."

The Student Ethics Essay Award promotes ethical decision-- making as individuals prepare to start careers in audiology; speech-- language pathology; and speech, language and hearing sciences. Reid, a native of Grosse Pointe Park, Mich., is a first--year student in the speech--language pathology master's program. She earned her bachelor's degree at Wheaton College in Illinois.

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N.C. A&T has announced the winners of the 6th National Research Symposium's oral and poster presentation awards at the 2lst Ronald E. McNair Commemorative Breakfast. The symposium is held in conjunction with the McNair celebration. The recipients of the McNair Student Oral Presentation Awards are:

First Place: Heru S. Heq--M--Ta, McNair Scholar, Howard University, Research: An Independent Stance in Academia: A Case Study of Jacob Hudson Carruther's Theory of African Historiography

Second Place: Brandon Bellamy, McNair Scholar, A&T, Research: Technology and the Achievement Gap in Fairfax County, Va.

Third Place: Audrey Gaither, McNair Scholar, Wayne State University, Research: Analyzing and Evaluating Negative Emotions toward a Telemetry System

Certificate of Excellence

Marvin Q. Jones Jr., McNair Scholar, A&T, Research: An Investigation in Astrophysical Gas Dynamics: Analyzing Two--Wave Interaction in Ideal Magnetohydrodynamics Using Numerical Analysis and Simulation

Ashley Peoples, McNair Scholar, Bennett College, Research: Usability Guidelines for Group Decision Support Systems

The McNair Student Poster Presentation Awards winners are:


First Place: Britney D. Whaley, McNair Scholar, Research: The Foundation of Blacks in Politics

Second Place: Celena Creft, A&T, Research: Does the Media Affect Moods, Thoughts and Behavior in African American College Students?

Third Place: Dari Cosey, McNair Scholar, Alabama State University, Research: Does the Media Affect Moods, Thoughts and Behavior in African American College Students?; and Victoria Towner, McNair Scholar, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Research: Do Certified Nurse Midwives Deliver Primarily Low--Risk Infants?

Graduate: Nneka C. Ubaka--Blackmoore, A&T, Research: Development of a Respirometric Technique to Measure Toxicity of Trichloroethylene in Aqueous Media and Statistical Analysis; and Furmose Gomez, A&T, Research: Rainfall Harvesting and Water Treatment Strategies in Underdeveloped Regions.

McNair Faculty Oral Presentation Award 2007: Tammy T. Webb, Research: African American Men's Changing Perception of Body Figure Attractiveness toward African American Females.

McNair Faculty Poster Presentation Award 2007: Yebo Li, Research: Semi--Continuous Production of Lactic Acid from Cheese Whey Using Integrated Membrane Reactor.


Kenneth Brown of Stokesdale received a B.A. in interdisciplinary studies from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech on Dec. 15.

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Dwight Davidson of Greensboro graduated from the College of Charleston during the December commencement .


James B. Coble of Climax and Collin P. McColskey--Leary were named to the president's list for the fall 2006 semester at Coastal Carolina University.

Jason M. Keever of Trinity and Lindsay P. Smith of Greensboro were named to the dean's list.

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Anthony P. Curnes of Greensboro has been inducted into Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor Society, at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pa.

A junior majoring in computer science and engineering, Curnes is the son of Cheryl Viglione and John Curnes of Greensboro. He is a 2004 graduate of Grimsley High School.

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The top speller for Southwest Middle School, Dana Braboy, has been selected to represent the school in the County Spelling Bee on Feb. 21. The search began with homeroom classroom spell--downs. The top speller and runner--up from each homeroom then went on to a grade--level competition.

Sixth--grade representatives were: Audrey Nuckles, Emma Skarring, Sowmya Sukur, Jenny Kim, Matthew Dale, Ibou Meile, Brandt Bronico, Amanda Pausch, Ana Sucaldito, Antoine Bethea, Brittany Bradish, Nick Kronenfeld and Danielle Mehlin.

Seventh--grade representatives were: Haley Holland, Sammy Tyson, Hayley Lenio, Jasmeet Singh, Brittany Wall, Sebastian Harms, Alysa Malpass, Danielle Ingram, Bao Nguyen, Jonathan Ritter, Lucy Harvey, Jenna Massengale, Preston Hinkle and Kimberly Idol.

Eighth--grade representatives were: Sarah Vereen, Anna McRee, Skylear Spencer, Clay Guernier, Rachael McKinney, Mohammad Sajjad, Jasmine Rogers, Brianna Stubbs, Sarah Copeland, Jamie Hedgecock, Megan Smith, Shelby Jones and Sonya Paoli.

The grade--level winners continued the competition until Braboy spelled her way to the finish.

Sixth--grader Jenny Kim is first runner--up, and eighth--grader Sonya Paoli is second runner--up.

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These students were named to the dean's list for the fall 2006 quarter at the University of Cincinnati: Bryan Hall of Kernersville, Shay Alexander of Whitsett and Sheila Williamson of Greensboro.

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Thomas Clay Crouch, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl T. Crouch of Greensboro, has earned honor roll status for the fall term at Washington and Lee University in Virginia.

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These students were named to the chancellor's list for the fall 2006 semester at UNC--Asheville: Anna Elizabeth Barnes, Katherine Anne Saintsing and Rachel Elaine Schaal--Wilson, all of Greensboro, and Roy Legaard Jr., of Stokesdale.

These students were named to the dean's list for the fall 2006 semester at UNC--Asheville: Colfax, Thomas Aubrey Peters; Gibsonville, Laura Beth Payne; Greensboro, Anna Catherine Bartlett, Olivia Rose Fisher, Georgia Kate Frierson, Lauren Anne Jeffries, Eleanor Bernice Johnston, Erin Elizabeth Jones, Alexandra Dean Leonard, Rachel Leigh Marsom, Rachel Ann Shyloski, Leah Kathleen Smith, Bryan Keith Witcher; Jamestown, Jessica Lee Short; Kernersville, Margaret Cathleen Hatling, Sarah Beth Spinder; Whitsett, Daniel Catlin Fox.

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Rachel Rodriguez of Greensboro was named to the fall 2006 dean's list at Duke University.

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These students were named to the honor roll for the third marking period at Virginia Episcopal School: Hannah K. Michalove, Morgan A. Morrisette and Lilia L. White. Cole B. Gibson was named the headmaster's list.

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Zachariah Hampton Howerton IV, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Zachariah H. Howerton III of Greensboro, was named to the dean's list for the fall 2006 semester at Hampden--Sydney College in Virginia.

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Nathan Taylor Thompson, a Dartmouth College student in the Class of 2008 from Greensboro, has been cited for outstanding achievement in Biology 2 during the fall 2006 term. He is the son of John P. Thompson and Virginia M. Thompson.

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Sixteen Greensboro College students were recognized for their academic achievement with induction into Alpha Chi, the national college honor society.

Alpha Chi membership is open to seniors ranking in the top 10 percent of their class and juniors ranking in the top 5 percent of their class.

Greensboro College seniors inducted into the North Carolina Xi Chapter of Alpha Chi Jan. 24 were: Kristina N. Faucette, Jenna L. Gast, Amanda L. Johns, Melissa S. McClellan, Natalie R. Moppert, Melissa A. Rutledge, Emily J. Terrell and Audrey J. Whichard.

Juniors inducted into the North Carolina Xi Chapter of Alpha Chi were: Sarah J. Daniels, Melissa Dvozenja, Lauren M. Engle, Christopher D. Jessup, Christopher S. Mock, Torrey P. Poholsky, Terry A. Rowell and Tara J. Titcombe.

The North Carolina Xi Chapter of Alpha Chi was established at Greensboro College in 1978.

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Molly A. Shoemaker, the daughter of John and Michelle Shoemaker of Greensboro, has been named to the honor roll for the spring term at Phillips Academy in Massachusetts.

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Benjamin J. Grube of Jamestown and Brittany C. Hogan and Carrie L. Oxendine, both of High Point, were named to the dean's list for the fall 2006 semester at Furman University.

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William Ryan Womack, the son of Bill and Cindi Womack of Summerfield, was named to the dean's list for the fall 2006 semester at Georgia Tech.


A new academic scholarship has been established at Catawba College by a Greensboro couple who are graduates of the institution. The Kelly--Cline Family Endowed Scholarship was funded with a gift from Ned and Linda Kelly Cline of Greensboro, members of the Class of 1964.

Preference for the scholarship will be given to North Carolina students majoring in the humanities, with additional preference given to political science, English and history majors who demonstrate financial need.

The scholarship is given in memory of Linda's parents, Max and Jessie Kelly of Salisbury.

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Thomas B. Stauffer has received a three--year Army ROTC scholarship to attend Virginia Military Institute, Lexington. The cadet will study military science, management development and experience adventure training while pursuing a bachelor's degree. The scholarship will pay tuition, on--campus educational fees, a $300 to $500 monthly subsistence allowance and $450 per semester for textbooks, supplies and equipment.

After graduation, the cadet will be required to serve in the military for eight years. The obligation can be fulfilled by serving either on active duty and/or in the Army National Guard or Reserve.

Stauffer is the son of Mark and Elizabeth Stauffer of Greensboro. In 2005, he graduated from Grimsley High School.

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Greensboro residents Adrienne Glover, Randall Brookshire, Raymond Eddy III and Leroy Mikell along with Kernersville resident Shannon Leonard have been named the newest recipients of Chick--fil--A's Leadership Scholarship in the amount of $1,000.

Glover and Eddy both work at the free--standing restaurant at Friendly.

Glover will go to N.C. A&T, and Eddy will go to GTCC. Brookshire works at the free--standing restaurant at Guilford College and will go to the Georgia Institute of Technology. Mikell works at the free- -standing restaurant at Wendover and will attend N.C. A&T. Leonard works at the free--standing restaurant at High Point and will attend GTCC.

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The Piedmont Chapter of the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants and Dixon Hughes PLLC have awarded three Evening Degree Program students with the Horton Godwin Scholarship.

Benjamin Abood, Scott Andrews and Timothy Isom were this year's recipients. This year's scholars were selected based on their application, GPA and a strong recommendation from the chairman of the accounting department, Frankie Gurganus.

The Horton Godwin Scholarship was established in 2005 by the Piedmont Chapter of NCACPA, Dixon Hughes LLP and others in memory of Horton Godwin, a dedicated CPA who retired from Dixon Hughes believing in high ethical standards and professionalism.

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The Greensboro Oratorio Society, Jay O. Lambeth, conductor, has been performing classical choral music in the Triad area since 1953. Again this year, the Society is offering a scholarship to an area high school student in grades 10 through 12 who is interested in classical voice training.

The scholarship will be for $500 and is intended to be used during calendar 2007. It will be required that scholarship recipients study at an accredited school (such as the Music Academy of North Carolina) or with an accredited teacher of voice. Payment will be made directly to the school or teacher, not to the student.

To be considered, candidates should complete an application form, obtained by calling 373--4553 or writing to P. O. Box 4104, Greensboro, NC 27404, and submit it with a recent recording of themselves (CD or cassette) singing either in performance or for audition, preferably of one selection from the Baroque or Classical periods and one from the Romantic or modern periods and with a brief (no more than one page) statement on why the applicant wishes to pursue classical voice training.

Materials should be submitted no later than March 15 to the Greensboro Oratorio Society at the above address. Finalists will be chosen by the society's board and asked to appear in person for a brief performance and interview.

The winner will be publicly announced at the Oratorio Society's April 20 concert in Phillips Chapel at Canterbury School and will be invited to perform at least one solo piece at that concert.

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Alexandra Elizabeth Milan, the daughter of Ida Glasgow and Bob Milan of Greensboro, has been named to the president's list for the 2006 fall semester at Elon University. She is also the recipient of an Elon Presidential Scholarship and an Elon Honors Fellows Scholarship.

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